Reviews

‘Crawl’: The Latest Entry in This Summer’s Flimsy Blockbuster Lineup

In the age of cinematic cash-grabs, every original story, especially in the league of summer flicks, are more than welcome. Crawl ticked off every ingredient needed for a classic seasonal blockbuster, so imagine my excitement as I sat in my local theater, popcorn in hand, ready for suspense-driven, action-packed, mindless fun. Much to my disappointment,… Continue reading ‘Crawl’: The Latest Entry in This Summer’s Flimsy Blockbuster Lineup

Reviews

‘Otherhood’: What’s So Funny About Toxic Mothers?

It’s hard not to be suspicious of a Mother’s Day movie not released on Mother’s Day—is it good enough on its own that it doesn’t need a holiday to bolster its success, or is it that bad that it can’t possibly compete with other Mother’s Day blockbuster offerings? Otherhood, at its surface, seems like your… Continue reading ‘Otherhood’: What’s So Funny About Toxic Mothers?

Festivals, Reviews

Cinemalaya 2019: ‘Edward’ – Social Tragedy in Small-Scale

Thop Nazareno’s latest Cinemalaya feature opens with a day in the life of a public hospital doctor. Throughout the shot’s periphery, patients of varying degrees of urgency all sit untreated, and those who are given attention still suffer from medical tool shortage. With the current doctor-patient ratio in the country being 1:33,000, this poignant long… Continue reading Cinemalaya 2019: ‘Edward’ – Social Tragedy in Small-Scale

Festivals, Reviews

Cinemalaya 2019: Shorts A, Ranked

With each film concise and barely reaching the 20-minute mark, this year’s Shorts A program is exploratory, mostly revelatory, and dripping in poignancy. Here are the first set of shorts from this year’s Cinemalaya, ranked. 5. Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala (dir. Francis Amir Guillermo) Soliman Cruz shines in this dimly lit nail-biter that gets… Continue reading Cinemalaya 2019: Shorts A, Ranked